Travel to Luleå

SAS and Norwegian airlines offer numerous flights per day to Luleå making it the busiest local route in Sweden.

Getting around Luleå

A dedicated bus service morning and afternoon will be provided for the conference between central Luleå and the university campus.

Alternatively buses 4 and 5 from central Luleå will take you to the university. You can pay with the credit card.

Public transit

Additional travel-related information

Important Bus stops

  • Smedjegatan: Nearly all bus lines do stop here, including the bus line from the airport (Flygbus).
  • Luleå busstation (Crossing Storgatan/Präsgatan): The bus line from the airport stops here (Flygbus), as well as all Swedish long distance bus lines (länstrafiken, http://www.ltnbd.se).
  • Universitetsentrén (bus line 4) or Porsö centrum (bus lines 4 and 5): these two stops are the closest stops to the conference venue at Luleå University of Technology (Luleå Tekniska Universitet, LTU)

Car rental

Reservations in advance are strongly recommended and usually mandatory. If reservations are made on time, the rental cars can, for free, be handed over at the airport for convenience.

Taxis

Alternatively, there are many taxi companies waiting to give you a pleasant ride:

  • Flygtaxi Luleå, +46-920-885-40
  • General taxi serviceLuleå Taxi AB,+46-920-10-00-00
  • Sexans Taxi AB,+46-920-666-66
  • Taxi Ersnäs, +46-920-312-50
  • Taxi Kompaniet, +46-920-333-33
  • TaxiKurir, +46-920-640-64
  • Taxi Minicab, +46-920-25-55-55
  • Rånedalens Taxi, +46-924-100 00
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About Luleå and the University

The conference will take place in Luleå, Sweden, which is with a population of approximately 75,000 inhabitants an important major city in Sweden's otherwise sparsely populated north. Nevertheless, Luleå has with LTU (Luleå University of Technology, Luleå Tekniska Universitet) the most northern university of technology in Scandinavia. LTU also was Sweden's first University of Technology. In Luleå you will find the metropolitan abundance and pulse as well as the small town´s quality of life. Luleå has very warm summers (up to 30 °C) and very cold winters (with peaks down to -40 °C in February). While typically in December there already lies some snow, winter sport is not yet possible. Options for extensive winter sports are available in Abisko or Kiruna, a little north of Luleå.

Despite it's northern location, Luleå is an important center for the IT industry. Facebook recently started to build it's European data center close to LTU. In the Aurorum Science park, found directly at the university's campus, there are located around 60 business, mainly from the IT and mining sector. Kallax, Luleå’s airport, is the fifth largest airport in Sweden, where the leg between Stockholm (the capital of Sweden) and Luleå is the most frequent domestic flight in Sweden.

Luleå, founded in 1621, evolved around the medieval church in Gammelstad which is today a UNESCO world heritage. Luleå is the center of Norbotten County (Norbottens Län), covering one forth of Sweden's land area. Luleå has, due to its important mining and steel industry also in Kiruna, one of Sweden's largest harbors. The archipelago outside Luleå consists of more than 1300 islands, predominately made of sand, which makes it a major recreational area for boating and sailing. Not surprisingly, Luleå has the largest amount of boats per capita in Sweden.

Good to Know Locations

Electronics Shops

  • Kjell & Company Luleå, Storgatan 40, 97231 Luleå, http://www.kjell.com.
  • Media Markt, Betonvägen 1, 97345 Luleå. Closest bus stop: “Betonvägen”, bus lines 6, 9, 10 and 13
  • Elgiganten Megastore Luleå, Betonvägen 2, 97345 Luleå. Closest bus stop: “Betonvägen”, bus lines 6, 9, 10 and 13

DIY Shops

Groceries

Banks

Credit cards do usually work to withdraw money. Not all banks do take Maestro cards. Also, many shops will not accept Maestro cards.

Cinema

Bars and Diners in Luleå

Several bars and restaurants are located at the street 'Storgatan' (main street) in central Luleå.

Tourist information

Hotels (selection)

It is recommended to book rooms well in advance. Below is a selection of hotels in Luleå. It is recommended to book via the common booking web sites to get good rates.